Sundance Institute Announces the 2022 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Short Film Challenge

Competition Will Lead to Selection of the Next 10 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows WHAT: The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows—emerging filmmakers ages 18 to 25 who are looking to take their careers to the next level. They are encouraged to submit their short film now to be considered for a year-long Sundance Ignite … Continue reading Sundance Institute Announces the 2022 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Short Film Challenge

NBA SUPERSTAR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

TO HOSTS SPECIAL FREE WEEKEND NOON SCREENINGS OF “THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL” THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES AT THE LAEMMLE THEATRES THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JAN 29 AND 30 LUSIA “LUCY” HARRIS – THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL – courtesy of New York Times Op-Docs/Breakwater Films NBA Superstar and now Executive Producer Shaquille O’Neal announced special free matinee screenings this weekend only in Los Angeles of his short … Continue reading NBA SUPERSTAR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

Sundance Film Festival Announces 2022 Short Films & ‘From The Collection’ Retrospective Titles in Celebration of Sundance Institute’s 40th Anniversary

59 Short Films to Debut During 2022 Festival; An Additional 40 Titles That Premiered in Previous Editions of Sundance Will Screen at Festival.Sundance.org The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the Short Film program for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the “From the Collection” program, a line-up of 40 short films that will screen online during the Festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the … Continue reading Sundance Film Festival Announces 2022 Short Films & ‘From The Collection’ Retrospective Titles in Celebration of Sundance Institute’s 40th Anniversary

Squirrel Me Bad A Rock band For Today and Their Music Video “The World’s Gone Nutz” Review

By Vernon Nickerson Animator Daniel Robert Cohn who thrives when expressing through creativity has brought together the most famous metaphor of and for the Twenty-first Century, The World’s Gone Nutz to technicolor life on the silver screen. Cohn’s creative mind went into overdrive, writing and recording an anthem song for 2020 called “The World’s Gone Nutz” and creating an epic music video to go with it. … Continue reading Squirrel Me Bad A Rock band For Today and Their Music Video “The World’s Gone Nutz” Review

Film Review Of The 2021 Newport Beach Film Festival Short “Wichita”

By Monteque Pope-Le Beau How fast would you run to hide your affair? Director Sergine Dumais’s award winning short “Wichita” shows what you do in the dark will eventually be brought to the light. Director Sergine Dumais brings a lighthearted approach to a very difficult and often traumatic life changing situation. In modern times relationships have changed in respect to what it is to be … Continue reading Film Review Of The 2021 Newport Beach Film Festival Short “Wichita”

LCV, Chispa, and The Redford Center Partner to Build Community Power Through New Short Film Series

Community Power series spotlights local stories of clean transportation, jobs, and justice. The Redford Center, in collaboration with the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Chispa, announced the launch of a new series of short films showcasing community power in a collective call for civic engagement around clean transportation to build a safer, more just future. About Power the Vote: Community PowerAs part of The … Continue reading LCV, Chispa, and The Redford Center Partner to Build Community Power Through New Short Film Series

“LEYLAK”: A Quiet and Powerful Film Depicting A Family’s Grief Observed in the 2020-2021 COVID 19 Pandemic

By Vernon Nickerson 500,000 deaths to date. Once upon a time it was only 100,000; 25,000 of those were from NY, NY. Thankfully, 61 died in New York with a family’s remembrance. This is where “Leylak” (the Turkish word for mauve and or lilac) begins. Historically, the color symbolizes spring and mourning the loss of a loved one. Both themes frame the story simply and … Continue reading “LEYLAK”: A Quiet and Powerful Film Depicting A Family’s Grief Observed in the 2020-2021 COVID 19 Pandemic

“TRIBES” Illustrate Storytelling At Its Best Along With Being The Best Live Action Short

A subway car robbery goes off the rails when three hoodlums argue over which passengers they’re willing to jack. “Tribes” is a critically acclaimed short film addressing tribalism from the viewpoint of an African American, an Arab American and an White American who are trying to rob a subway car.  The complexity of the situation becomes apparent when the robbers have a hard time deciding … Continue reading “TRIBES” Illustrate Storytelling At Its Best Along With Being The Best Live Action Short

Aaron With’s Out Of Tune Will Premiere At The 2020 Slamdance Film Festival

By Steven Buckner When I first saw Director Aaron With’s Out Of Tune, I have to admit that I never saw a movie like this and that is a good thing. It is a story about a civilization that worships a musical chord. One might think how can a civilization worship a musical chord. Well that is why you need to see this movie! Between … Continue reading Aaron With’s Out Of Tune Will Premiere At The 2020 Slamdance Film Festival

An interview with “TRIBES” Director Nino Aldi, Producer/Actor DeStorm (day-storm) Power and Producer/Actor Jake Hunter

By: Vernon Nickerson Edited by: Christopher Roberts “Tribes” is a tremendously poignant and thought provoking film. With a rich textured story “Tribes” paints a picture of humanities complicated identity. It is the consequential poem of our times. Tribes” will be a featured short at the 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival and The Art Of Monteque had the privilege to do a sit down interview with … Continue reading An interview with “TRIBES” Director Nino Aldi, Producer/Actor DeStorm (day-storm) Power and Producer/Actor Jake Hunter

2020 Sundance Film Festival Review Of “LITTLE CHIEF”- A Poignant Winter’s Tale

By Vernon Nickerson Ouch! That’s what many black preachers jokingly tell their congregants to shout when the sermon is directly applicable to their lives. i.e., stepping on their toes. As a second-year special education teacher at an inner-city Title 1 school, “Ouch!” was my immediate reaction to Erica Tremblay’s visually powerful short, “Little Chief”, from the first minute until the last. In too many classrooms … Continue reading 2020 Sundance Film Festival Review Of “LITTLE CHIEF”- A Poignant Winter’s Tale

Official Selection Features of Slamdance 2020

Presenting the Feature Film Programs of Slamdance 2020: NARRATIVE FEATURES 1986 (Germany, Belarus) North American Premiere Director/ Screenwriter: Lothar Herzog While Elena repeatedly has to drive into the ‘forbidden zone’ of Chernobyl in order to make deals for her father, her life seems more and more contaminated by a destructive force… Cast: Daria Mureeva, Evgeni Sangadzhiev, Vitali Kotovitski, Alexei Filimonov, Helga Filippova, Alexei Kravchenko A … Continue reading Official Selection Features of Slamdance 2020

“POP” To The People! Right On!: Happily Reviewing Karen McPherson’s Playful Short

By Vernon Nickerson Some days,(and some years for this writer) being a responsible working adult can be incredibly lonely. One can feel almost invisible. Then, miraculously, an opportunity to connect and play presents itself. In an instant, once again, you realize that people needing people are still the luckiest people in the world. These are the powerful realizations released in just under eleven lyrical minutes … Continue reading “POP” To The People! Right On!: Happily Reviewing Karen McPherson’s Playful Short

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM AWARDS FOR 2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

  Thunder Road Wins Grand Jury Prize   Sundance Institute announced the jury prizes in short filmmaking at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The Short Film Grand Jury Prize, awarded to one film in the program of 72 short films selected from 8,712 submissions, went to Thunder Road by director and screenwriter Jim Cummings. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Park City, Utah; … Continue reading SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM AWARDS FOR 2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM PROGRAM FOR 2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

72 Full-Scale Stories in Short Form will Inspire, Challenge, Engage and Entertain Audiences Sundance Institute announced today its full lineup of 72 short films that will leave a lasting impact on audiences long after the lights go up at their screenings at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah. Among the short films the Festival … Continue reading SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM PROGRAM FOR 2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

2015 Filmquest Film Festival Review: “Waste Paper” Directed by UCLA Alumni Derrick D. Pete

  By: Ellexia Nguyen Created under the talented vision of writer and director Derrick D. Pete, “Waste Paper” is a Live Action and CGI Animation Short film that tells the story of a cartoon illustration that gets thrown in the waste basket by its Animator. It’s a visually engaging film about a “throw-away” cartoon illustration, Owiti (played by Mykee Selkin), who must find the courage … Continue reading 2015 Filmquest Film Festival Review: “Waste Paper” Directed by UCLA Alumni Derrick D. Pete

Dances With Films 18 Film Review: “Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector” Delivers a Splash of Dark Humor

  By Ellexia Nguyen “Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector” premiered at the 2015 Dances With Films Midnight Shorts. It is a short film that tells the story of a man who feels that his job as a Postal Inspector (played by Geoffrey Cantor) no longer matters to anyone. Plagued with a sense of irrelevance, Karl acts upon the advice of his life coach (played by Amy … Continue reading Dances With Films 18 Film Review: “Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector” Delivers a Splash of Dark Humor

Dances With Films Review: “Ablution”, A Family Conflicted And In Turmoil

By: Kareem Williams “Ablution” is a great movie with a story line that will blow you away. I believe we as humans have the struggle of being pure when it comes to religion; when at the end of the day, nobody is pure. “Ablution” is about a Muslim family, who have lost their father figure in the home, leaving the mother, AFSANEH (Nina Nayebi) upset with … Continue reading Dances With Films Review: “Ablution”, A Family Conflicted And In Turmoil

The Otherworldly Genius Of Evan Mann

By Monteque Pope-Le Beau Out of death comes life and out of life comes death. Evan Mann has created another work of art. “Real Ethereal” was  the work of a true genius who has brought forth another in “The Otherworldly”. In this new work it deals with the complex fluidity of  the cosmos as it goes through  its the natural cycles. The interconnectedness of the cosmos, life, death … Continue reading The Otherworldly Genius Of Evan Mann

Elisa Manzini: An Artist Of The Imagination

    By : Monteque Pope Le Beau Edited By: Colleen Page Images By: Elisa Manzini     To speak with Elisa Manzini is to speak with someone who knows her mind. An import from Italy to California this wonderful free spirit is not just about creating art, but creating a difference. She is a talented artist and playwright. Who is humble, graceful and full of gratitude. To … Continue reading Elisa Manzini: An Artist Of The Imagination